Traffic

Traffic watch for Sept. 14, 2012

MANATEE COUNTY

n U.S. 301/Hernando de Soto Bridge Improvement Project: The Florida Department of Transportation is making improvements to the U.S. 301/Hernando de Soto Bridge, including minor structural repairs, replacing a portion of the bridge, and installing bridge pile jackets. The main channel for boat access remains open, but boaters should use caution. Most construction will occur at night and work requiring lane closures will occur between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Lane shifts should also be expected throughout the duration of the project.

n Ninth Avenue West between 14th and 26th streets: The road is scheduled to be closed through November for the replacement of the Ninth Avenue West bridge.

n State Road 64 from Carlton Arms Boulevard to Interstate 75: The Florida Department of Transportation is widening the roadway from four lanes to six, including drainage improvements and excavation of ponds. The speed limit is reduced from 50 mph to 45 mph. Expected completion is in the fall of 2013.

n County Road 675/Rutland Road from U.S. 301 to State Road 64: Traffic control sign installations as well as erosion control installations.

n State Road 64/Manatee Avenue from 12th Street East to 15th Street West: The westbound far right lane of Manatee Avenue West approaching Ninth Street has become right-turn-only onto Ninth. A new traffic pattern also is in effect at Eighth Street West to the north of Manatee Avenue. Motorists southbound on Eighth Street are not permitted to exit onto Manatee and will have to use Fourth Avenue West. Access from Manatee Avenue onto Eighth Street West will remain open along with business entrances and driveways on Eighth Street West between Manatee and Fourth avenues.

-- Herald staff reports

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